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UPCOMING Live/Digital EVENTS for
Spirits of the Ordinary
April 30, 6pm PST; 9pm EST: Elliott Bay Bookstore, Kathleen Alcalá with Dalia Kandiyoti. This evening brings longtime Elliott Bay friend Kathleen Alcalá virtually over from her Bainbridge Island home to celebrate this new edition of her first novel, Spirits of the Ordinary. Published by Raven Chronicles Press, which has become a welcome presence in book publishing hereabouts, this award-winning novel tells a late 19th-century story of a man distanced from family and his Jewish origins struggling to find his way. Kathleen Alcalá is the author of five other works of fiction and non-fiction.

Joining her this evening will be Dalia Kandiyoti, professor of English at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, and author of The Converso's Return: Conversion and Sephardi History in Contemporary Literature and Cinema (Stanford University), a book which traces some of the same ground Kathleen Alcalá works in he fiction.

Professor Kandiyoti is also the author of Migrant Sites: America, Place, and Diaspora Literatures (University Press of New England) and articles on Latinx literature, recent Sephardi memoirs and fiction, transamerican writing, transnational identities and gender, place in Holocaust writing, and alterity in French literature in journals such as Latino Studies, Comparative American Studies, Contemporary Literature, Genders, MELUS, 
Modern Fiction Studies, and Studies in Jewish American Literature.



May 6 -

Claudia Castro Luna and Kathleen Alcalá in a live Zoom event hosted by the Eagle Harbor Book Company's Sarah Flowers-Mcraw.


Join us on May 6, 2021 from 7:00 - 7:45 pm for the exciting reissue of Kathleen Alcalá's classic novel Spirits of the Ordinary. Kathleen will be joined by none other than our very own former Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna. A writer whose work embraces both traditional and innovative storytelling techniques, Kathleen Alcalá is the author of six award-winning books that include a collection of short stories, three novels, an essay collection, and a blueprint for sustainability, The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island. Alcalá was born and raised in California, and now lives here on Bainbridge Island. We are so excited for the lively discussion these two are prepared to have about the novel as well as other topics dear to both their hearts.

Set in northern Mexico in the 1870s, Spirits of the Ordinary tells interweaving stories centered on Zacarías Carabajal, who leaves his comfortable city home to prospect for gold in the wilderness while his abandoned wife, Estela, struggles to build a new life. Visions, dreams, and portents are part of the everyday world in this extraordinary novel. Presenting a tapestry of fascinating lives as well as the story of a reluctant mystic in a spectacular desert landscape, Spirits of the Ordinary demonstrates that, as Alcalá writes in her introduction, "magic and holiness are all around us."

Links to the event and the author's books can be found here.


Join here for May 6 Event 



May 10 -

Rigoberto González and Kathleen Alcalá in a live Zoom event hosted by the Raven Chronicles Press Editor Phoebe Bosché.

More details soon. 


Join the conversation with Rigo González and Kathleen Alcalá